ACC Announces Track & Field Performers of the Week
School-records in shot put, pole vault highlight four nationally-ranked selections
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Louisville thrower Emmonnie Henderson repeated as the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Field Performer of the Week after delivering a school-record shot put that ranks third in the nation.
Henderson is joined by ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week Robert Heppenstall of Wake Forest, Men’s Field Performer of the Week Nathan Richartz of Notre Dame and Women’s Field Performer of the Week Erika Kemp of NC State among this week’s honorees.
Henderson won the shot put at the Louisville Invitational last Saturday. Henderson threw a personal best of 17.98m/59-0, which surpassed the Louisville Invitational meet record and currently ranks third in the nation. She also set a new school record with the throw, passing her throw 17.50m/57-5.00 the previous weekend, when she first set a new school record. The Edwardsville, Illinois, senior now owns both the indoor and outdoor school record in the shot put.
Wake Forest’s Heppenstall ran the men’s 1,500 meters for the first time as a collegian and won the event at the Charlotte Invitational in a field of 48 participants. Heppenstall posted a time of 3:43.22, which leads the ACC and ranks 29th nationally. The sophomore from Hamilton, Ontario, holds the conference’s current top times for the outdoor season in both the men’s 1,500 and 800 meters.
Notre Dame’s Richartz set the school record in the men's pole vault with a 5.51m (18-1) jump and first-place finish on Saturday at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Louisville. Richartz's mark was a meet record and currently ranks second in the ACC and is tied for eighth in the country.
NC State’s Kemp remained undefeated for the 2017 outdoor season after running to a personal best 4:18.38 in the 1,500m at the Charlotte Invitational. Kemp’s time set a 12-second PR and moved her to No. 6 on NC State’s 1,500m all-time list. The Mount Holly, New Jersey, native’s time from last weekend also ranks 31st in the nation.